07/27/2015 Franziska Ehrhardt, Coordinator of Communications and International Relations at eMO took part in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) from June 8-26, 2015; now she's back at eMO.
During three intense and eventful weeks, the group of international experts and managers met with U.S. officials at the federal, state and city level, as well as NGOs and other institutions, to discuss the topic of "Sustainable Cities". Not only were the outlook and approach of the U.S. representatives interesting, but especially that of the 16 colleagues. The group was composed of representatives from Africa, the Arab region, Asia, Europe and South America. As the only German representative, Ms. Ehrhardt placed particular emphasis on Berlin with regard to sustainable mobility. Stops on the trip included Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Denver, Sacramento and San Francisco. On the last day, all the participants were included in the U.S. Department of State alumni program (photo).
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a prestigious exchange program established in 1940 by the U.S. Department of State to strengthen international relations between the United States and other countries in a variety of fields. Ms. Ehrhardt was nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin for the program and selected by the U.S. Department of State from a field of several candidates. For more information about IVLP, click here.